Ratha Saptami, Surya Jayanti Festival in Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple

Ratha Saptami or Radhasaptami, also known as Surya Jayanti, is observed on Magha Shukla Saptami. At Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple, Ratha Saptami festival is a grand event which attracts tens of thousands of devotees.

On this day, the presiding deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy along with his divine consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi are taken to a procession in Thiru Mada streets in Tirumala.

The deities carried out in a jubilant procession around the Thiru mada streets encircling the holy Shrine of Balaji on seven different vahanams during Surya Jayanthi festival. The festival is also known as single day Brahmotsavam of Lord Balaji.

Ratha Saptami 2014 date is February 6.

Thousands of devotees throng the temple to witness the event and chant the Govinda namam during the vahana seva. The Ratha Saptami Utsavam begins with Suryaprabha vahanam seva at early morning 5’o clock and ends with Chandraprabha Vahanam seva at 9’o clock in the night.

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